Thursday, December 18, 2008

18 Dec 2008: Native News from

Mashantucket firefighters petition to organize (CONNECTICUT) -- Connecticut's affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters has petitioned the Mashantucket Pequots in a bid to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining unit for the tribe's fire department, a union official said Wednesday.

Senecas won’t burn tires on Thruway (NEW YORK) -- Seneca Indian President Barry Snyder accused Gov. David Paterson of knowingly signing a flawed bill into law to avoid an embarrassing override by state lawmakers had he vetoed the measure instead.

Havasupais, regents hope to arrange settlement (ARIZONA) -- The Arizona Attorney General's Office is trying to stop a lawsuit from a northern Arizona American Indian tribe against the Arizona Board of Regents.

Loan Companies Owned by Tribes Have Sovereign Immunity (CALIFORNIA) -- Payday loan companies owned and operated by Indian tribes for tribal purposes have sovereign immunity and are not subject to legal actions to enforce state laws regulating the business of lending, the Court of Appeal for this district has ruled.

Records: Illegal contributions landed in campaign coffers (MASSACHUSETTS) -- Former Mashpee Wampanoag tribe chairman Glenn Marshall and others made illegal campaign contributions to top-ranking Massachusetts Democrats Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rep. William Delahunt, as well as a former Republican congressman who led the committee that oversaw the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Mixed response from environmental groups for Salazar nomination (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Some conservation groups are welcoming the selection of Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar as interior secretary, but others are opposing him as head of the agency that oversees vast tracts of public land and endangered species.

Obama's Interior pick considered a centrist (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, who was nominated Wednesday as interior secretary, is a conundrum for environmentalists.

Another land-into-trust case on high court's radar (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Department of Justice appears to be anticipating changes in the land-into-trust process if a critical U.S. Supreme Court case goes against tribal interests.

Pechanga, Rancho Water reach agreement on framework for water settlement (LAS VEGAS) -- The Pechanga Band of LuiseƱo Indians and the Rancho California Water District today announced an agreement on a framework, developed with the assistance of the Metropolitan Water District and a team appointed by the United States Department of Interior, that will resolve Pechanga’s longstanding claims to water rights in the Santa Margarita River Basin.

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